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barrage

noun

  1. (language)  the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
    Synonyms: bombardment, onslaught, outpour, outpouring. Type of: language
  2. (fire)  the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    Synonyms: barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling, btry. [abbreviation]. Type of: fire

verb

Etymology summary

"man-made barrier in a stream", from French barrer "to stop", from barre "bar",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

barrage

[military] the firing of artillery to saturate an area, either to protect against an attack or to support an advance | an overwhelming and continuous ... (24 of 578 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Barrage [disambiguation]

may refer to: In music Barrage (group), a Canadian violin ensemble, or | Barrage (album), their self-titled debut album | In engineering Barrage (dam), a type of dam which consists of a line of large gates that can be opened or closed to control the ... (43 of 159 words, 8 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

barrage

a concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area | an overwhelming number of questions, criticisms, or complaints delivered simultaneously or in ... (20 of 129 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/barrage

Random House Dictionary:

barrage | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

[military] a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops. | an ... (24 of 105 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

barrage | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle] | barrages [3rd-person singular present]

An artificial obstruction, such as a dam or irrigation channel, built in a watercourse to increase its depth or to divert its flow. | A heavy curtain ... (26 of 102 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

barrage | barrages [plural] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow | a heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them (Wikipedia) | a concentrated discharge of ... (43 of 97 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

barrage | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

a curtain of artillery fire laid down to keep enemy forces from moving, or to cover or prepare the way for one's own forces, especially in attack | a ... (28 of 94 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural]

[countable] an attack during which an army continuously fires guns, drops bombs etc for a long time | [singular] a lot of criticisms, complaints, or ... (24 of 73 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/barrage

barrage [transitive, verb] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle] | barrages [3rd-person singular present]

if you are barraged by criticisms, complaints, or questions, you have to deal with a large number of them at the same time (23 of 52 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

barrage [entry 1] | a barrage of something | barrage of something

continuous firing of large guns to protect soldiers advancing on an enemy | "a barrage of sth ": a great number of complaints, criticisms or questions ... (25 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/barrage 1

barrage [entry 2]

a structure that is built across a river to provide water for farming, to produce electricity, or to allow boats to travel more easily (24 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/barrage 2

Merriam-Webster:

barrage [entry 1, noun]

a dam placed in a watercourse to increase the depth of water or to divert it into a channel for navigation or irrigation (23 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/barrage

barrage [entry 2, noun]

artillery fire laid on a line close to friendly troops to screen and protect them | a vigorous or rapid outpouring or projection of many things at ... (26 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/barrage show=1

barrage [entry 3, verb] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle] | bombard [synonym] | bomb [synonym] | examine [similar] | grill [similar] | interrogate [similar] | pump [similar] | ...

to deliver a barrage against (5 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

a long, continuous burst of gunfire | a rapid attacking outpouring of something | an artificial barrier built across a river or canal to provide water ... (24 of 123 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588992​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

barrage

First use: 1859

Origin: "man-made barrier in a stream", from French barrer "to stop", from barre "bar", from Old French barre (see "bar" (1)). Artillery ... (22 of 41 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

barrage | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle] | barrages [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French, from barrer, to bar, from barre, bar, from Old French; see "bar" [entry 1]. | French (tir de) barrage, ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/barrage

Oxford Dictionary:

barrage

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: (in "barrage (... of the noun)"): from French, from barrer "to bar", of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/barrage

New World Dictionary:

barrage | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

Origin: French, in tir de barrage, barrier fire: see "barrage" | French from barrer, to stop from barre, "bar"

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Collins Dictionary:

barrage

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French, from barrer to obstruct; see bar1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/barrage

Wiktionary:

barrage | barrages [plural] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

Origin: Borrowing from French barrage

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/barrage

Merriam-Webster:

barrage [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1845

Origin: French, from barrer to bar, from barre bar

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/barrage

barrage [entry 2, noun]

First use: 1916

Origin: French (tir de) barrage barrier fire

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Encarta Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: French, "barrier" from barrer "to block" from barre

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588992​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

barrage

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "barrage"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "barrage"

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barrage [transitive, verb] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle] | barrages [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "barrage"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "barrage"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

barrage [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "barrage"

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the Free Dictionary:

barrage

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Google Dictionary:

barrage | barrages [plural] | barraged [past tense] | barraging [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "barrage"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

barrage

Audio: North American pronunciation of "barrage"

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barrage

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barrage

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YourDictionary Audio:

barrage

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "barrage" by speech synthesizer

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